- How did Spain and Portugal structure their overseas empires? Describe the different administrative and judicial structures.
- What role did the Catholic church play in sustaining (or challenging) colonial authority?
- Explain the centrality of labour, and disputes over labour, to the colonial enterprise.
Required Seminar Reading
- “Government and Church in the Spanish Indies”, in ed. Benjamin Keen, Latin American Civilization: History and Society, 1492 to the Present, Westview Press (Boulder, 1996), 6th edition, pp. 103-112. (AM101 library scans)
- Metcalf, Alida C., Family and Frontier in Colonial Brazil: Santana de Parnaíba, 1580-1822, “Introduction” (e-book available at Library)
- Bryant, Sherwin. “Enslaved Rebels, Fugitives, and Litigants: The Resistance Continuum in Colonial Quito.” Colonial Latin American Review, 13:1 (2004): 7-46
- Jacobsen, Nils and Cristóbal Aljovín de Losada, “The Long and Short of It: A Pragmatic Perspective on Political Cultures, Especially for the Modern History of the Andes,” in Political Cultures in the Andes, 1750-1950, ed. Jacobsen and Aljovín, Durham, Duke, 2005.
- Lane, Kris “Africans and Natives in the Mines of Latin America,” in Matthew Restall (ed.), Beyond Black and Red: African-Native Relations in Colonial Latin America (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2005)
- Owensby, Brian. Empire of Law and Indian Justice in Colonial Mexico (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2008)
- Schwartz, Stuart B, Sugar Plantations in the Formation of Brazilian Society: Bahia, 1550-1835 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1985)
- Spalding, Karen. Huarochirí: An Andean Society under Inca and Spanish Rule. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1984.